Recognised as one of today’s finest classical guitarists, Gabriel Bianco has won First Prize in some of the most prestigious international competitions, including the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Guitar Competition (San Francisco, USA 2008) and the Koblenz International Guitar Competition, “Hubert Käppel” (Koblenz, Germany 2007). In 2011, he was nominated “Révélation Classique” from the ADAMI (Society for the Collective Administration of Performers’ Rights in France). Gabriel has performed in over forty countries and in many of the most renowned festivals and concert halls. He has been a featured artist at the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades and Theatre du Chatelet in Paris (France), the International Festival of Music and Dance in Granada, Spain, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Russia, Philharmonie Concert Hall in Kiev, Ukraine, Luis Angel Arango Library of Bogotá, Colombia, Festival Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico, Central Conservatory in Beijing, China, Musashino Art Centre in Tokyo, Japan and the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, USA. As a solo recitalist, Gabriel performs music from the Baroque to contemporary with an emphasis on music from the Romantic period and music of Spain. Many composers have dedicated new works to him. As a soloist with orchestra, Gabriel has performed concerti with the Koblenz City Orchestra (Germany), the Aukso Orchestra (Poland), Lipetsk Philharmonic Orchestra (Russia), and the Romanian Radio Orchestra. Audience, colleagues and critics have commented that in concert, Gabriel and his guitar become one. They recognise that the elegance and colours of his playing exude a unique approach to all of the repertoire he explores. Passionate about chamber music, Gabriel is a founding member of the Eclisses Guitar Quartet which was formed in 2012. The quartet won France’s National Federation of Parents’ Associations of Conservatory Students chamber music competition (FNAPEC) in 2013 and became a laureate of the Banque Populaire Foundation. The Quartet has released three recordings: Guitares (2013), Invitation Française (2015), and Pulse (2017). Gabriel often collaborates with other instrumentalists and singers and released the CD Divertissement with oboist Michaela Hrabankova in 2017. Gabriel has recorded two solo albums. Laureate Guitar Series was recorded on the Naxos label in 2007 and his latest solo recording, Capricci, was released in 2015 by Ad Vitam Records. Born into a family of musicians, Gabriel Bianco started playing the guitar at the age of five. At sixteen he entered the National Superior Paris Conservatory for Music and Dance (CNSMDP) and graduated with highest honours in guitar and chamber music.
Winner of Artist’s International Auditions (New York), Sor Competition (Rome), Young Musicians Award (Lisbon) and prize winner at Paris, Verona, Valencia, Montelimar, Sernancelhe among other competitions, Pedro Rodrigues has started his musical studies at the age of 5 and the study of classical guitar at the age of 9 with José Mesquita Lopes with whom he completed his course of study with highest honours and as recipient of the Gulbenkian Scholarship. Later, he has continued his studies with Alberto Ponce at the École Normale de Musique de Paris, receiving the Diplome Supérieur de Concertiste de Musique de Chambre and also the Diplome Supérieur de Concertiste de Guitare with top honours: “à l’unanimité avec felicitations du jury” and he has also taken masterclasses with Leo Brouwer, David Russell, Joaquin Clerch and Darko Petrinjiak. He has received his Ph.D. from Aveiro University in 2011, under the guidance of Paulo Vaz de Carvalho and Alberto Ponce as recipient of the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia Scholarship. Pedro Rodrigues has performed either as soloist, in chamber music ensembles or in orchestras in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa, in prestigious halls like Carnegie’s Weill Hall – New York, Salle Cortot – Paris, Ateneo – Madrid, National Concert Hall – Taipei, Sala Raúl Juliá-San Juan, Endler Hall – Cape Town, Sala Manuel de Falla – Madrid, Centro Cultural de Belém – Lisbon, Gulbenkian Foundation – Lisbon, Casa da Música – Oporto. He made recordings for RTP, RDP, RTM, SABC, WIPR, Cesky Rozhlas Broadcasting Companies and CD for NUMÉRICA, Pentatone, Capella, JNS Music, Portugaler and Nuova Venezia recording labels. He has performed as soloist with Gulbenkian Orchestra, Beiras Philharmonic Orchestras, ArtAve Orchestra, Algarve Orchestra among others and has collaborated with Orchestrutópica, Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa, Grupo Música Nova and Miso Music Portugal. He is frequently invited to teach masterclasses in Universities in Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia. His transcriptions are published under Mel Bay Publications and Notação XXI. Pedro Rodrigues is currently teaching at Aveiro University.
“A rising star of the classical guitar”
-20th Century Guitar Magazine (USA)
“Rodrigues’ transcription manages to retain the heroinism and ceremony this music radiates. From the superb French-style Ouverture (in which Pedro Rodrigues shows his remarkable dexterity in the Grave and adroit use of staccato to bring out the “voices” in the three-part fugue which follows) through to the final movement, the Gigue which provide a wonderfully exciting climax, the player retains the sense of majesty this work requires.”
-Classical Guitar Magazine (UK)
“One should highlight the spectacular musicians Monika Streitová (flute) and Pedro Rodrigues (guitar) that showed how the contemporary music scene has superb musicians in Portugal.”
-Jornal Público (Portugal)
“In both cases, Rodrigues’ skilful transcription very evocatively transported us into the Baroque sound-world, preserving the public grandeur of Händel as well as the private meditative style of Bach. The ability to do justice to multiple melodic lines occurring simultaneously in the bass and upper registers is quite a feat even on a keyboard instrument, but Rodrigues was able to masterfully convey this complex contrapuntal texture on the guitar. It underscored why he is so highly respected in the music world for his transcriptions.”
-The Navhind Times (India)
Marco Tamayo, the cuban guitarist with Austrian citizenship, acclaimed as “Il Re della Chitarra” by the Italian News paper L’Stampa 1999, is a winner of major international competitions, performed with well known orchestras and conductors around the globe and is a leading figure on the classical guitar now a days. Marco Tamayo is Professor at the Mozarteum University of Arts in Salzburg, Prof. at the Landeskonservatorium in Klagenfurt, Guest Professor at the Music Academy in Gdansk, Poland and was a Prof. at the Sydney University in Australia. His book called “Essential Principles for the performance on the classical guitar” has changed the approach on the instrument and its teaching worldwide. His students enjoy an international career. Marco Tamayo is artistic director of the Michelle Pittaluga Int. Guitar competition in Alessandria, Italy. He is also a Honor Citizen of the city of Solero and Alessandria, both in Italy. Tamayo plays on a Simon Marty guitar. He is a Savarez artist, and plays on Alliance Blue-Cantiga-Premium strings. Marco Tamayo is Chairman of the Marco Tamayo Edition, publishing house created on 2014.
Prof. Mag. Marco Tamayo
– Prof. at the Mozarteum University of Arts in Salzburg / Austria
– Prof. at the Landeskonservatorium – Gustav Mahler University in Klagenfurt / Austria
– Artistic Director of the Michele Pittaluga, Città di Alessandria Int. Guitar Competition, Italy.
– Honor Citizen of the city Alessandria, in Piemonte / Italy
– Honor Citizen of the city Solero, in Piemonte / Italy
– Honor Member of the International Guitar festival in Volos-Greece, and advisor of the artistic direction. (From 2016 on)
– Honor Member of the Int. Guitar Festival of Puebla-Mexico. (From 2014 on)
– Chairman of the Marco Tamayo Edition